Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

Article excerpt

I'm always delighted to run an offer from Swig, a wine merchants based in west London. James, Robin, Damon and Lucia travel the world looking for terrific unknown wines, and others as good as the classics at a fraction of the price.

Take this scrumptious Secateurs 2010 (1), a Chenin Blanc from A.A.

Badenhorst of Swartland, who is one of the most exciting young winemakers in South Africa.

Chenin Blanc is the grape in Vouvray, but you would be hard put to find a French wine as rich, succulent and velvety, and at the crazy price of £8.95. I served this to a wine-loving American friend, and half the bottle had disappeared down her throat before she managed to exclaim, ' T hat was delicious!' My only complaint is the ghastly label. Labels matter. Rolling countryside or ancient Dutch farmhouse a. s. a. p. , please.

Now a treat. St Aubin is my favourite Burgundy appellation but it's not as well known and so better value than most. This Les Charmois 2008 (2) is made by Philippe Colin on a patch of land against the celebrated Chassagne-Montrachet 'Les Chaumees', with not even a road between them. Same grape, same soil, same climate - but roughly half the price; even less with Swig's discount of £36 a case. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.